Intel introduces Arc Pro GPUs for workstations

When Intel introduced Arc branding last year to its high-performance consumer graphics products, it demonstrated what the line’s GPUs can do using video games. The company’s latest Arc GPUs aren’t for gaming at all, though: They’re designed for desktop and mobile workstations running apps like Adobe Premiere Pro, Handbrake, and DaVinci Resolve Studio. Intel has launched its Arc Pro lineup with three models, starting with the Arc Pro A40, which features a “small, single-slot form factor.” The Arc Pro A50 is a step up and has a larger dual-slot shape, while the A30M was made specifically for laptops.

All three models offer built-in ray tracing and machine learning capabilities, but their key specifications differ slightly from each other. The A40 and A30M, for example, have 3.50 teraflops of graphics power, while the A50 has 4.80 teraflops. Both desktop models come with 6 GB of memory, where the laptop comes with 4 GB. Additionally, all models support AV1 hardware encoding acceleration in what Intel says is an industry first. The new GPUs also have four mini-display ports for multiple display setups and can support two 8K displays with a 60Hz refresh rate, one 5K 240Hz display, two 5K 120Hz displays, or four 60Hz 4K displays.

Intel has not yet revealed how much these new discrete GPUs for workstations will cost, but it said they will be available starting later this year “from leading mobile and desktop ecosystem partners.”

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